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Welcome to Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

The youngest of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto emerged from the sea around 700 years ago in a series of volcanic explosions. Rising to a height of 260 metres the circular island presents the same uniform appearance and is visible from most parts of the mainland. Rangitoto's name has been translated to mean the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed, relating to a major Maori battle at Islington Bay about 1350. Rangitoto is an icon of Auckland city.

Situated about 8 km northeast of Auckland and connected to Motutapu Island by a causeway, Rangitoto is a large island of 2311 hectares with a wonderful volcanic landscape that supports over 200 species of moss, plants and trees including the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world. It was purchased by the Crown in 1854, set aside as a recreation reserve in 1890 and for over 30 years the island's volcanic scoria was quarried and shipped to Auckland. Between 1925 and 1936 prison labour built roads on the island and a track to the summit.

There are some 10 or so short and long walks around the island and from the summit there are magnificent views of the Hauraki Gulf, the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland city.

Rangitoto Islands' unique geological and natural attributes are of international interest. What is less known is that the three Bach Settlements of Rangitoto Wharf, Islington Bay and Beacon End are also of national importance.

The bach communities on Rangitoto Island were built in the 1920's and 30's and consist of private holiday dwellings and boatsheds as well as communal facilities such as paths, swimming pool, community hall and tennis courts. Built by families, using the scarce resources of the Depression era, the buildings demonstrate the 'kiwi' do-it-yourself, jack-of-all-trades attitudes of the times.

As a result of a prohibition order on further buildings in 1937, the remnants of the communities reflect this specific time in Auckland's development and as a result they are part of local history involving typical New Zealanders in a unique environment.

Because other bach communities, which were prevalent throughout the country, have virtually disappeared, the Rangitoto bach settlements are irreplaceable artefacts of New Zealand's architectural, and social history and therefore are important beyond their locality.

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Museum Bach Opening Hours

Bach 38 Museum at Rangitoto Wharf will be open by appointment
Opening times are from the first Fullers ferry of the day to the last ferry of the day.

Open other days by appointment -

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Latest Additions

Education Pages

New content added to the education pages here>>

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Rangitoto Scouts

Photos of the Scout Camps in the 1930s, 1948 and 1951 here>>

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Rangitoto Wrecks

Photos of the wrecks here>>

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Rangitoto Ramblings

The latest newsletter is available here>>

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Gareth Cooke Photos

Gareth has taken a series of photos of the Rangitoto Baches and wrecks view his online gallery here>>

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From the TVNZ Archives

A Summer Place

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Photos of Rangitoto Island submitted by the public on Flickr are here>>

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Rangitoto Island Biosecurity Standards. Find out what you need to know here>>

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The Environmental Care Code and Water Care Code can be found here>>

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New photos have been added to the galleries here>>

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Charitable Trust

The Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust is Charities Commission registered - our number is CC28141 - so all donations over $5 are tax deductible. View certificate here>>
More information on societies and trusts here>>

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AMP Financial Services Limited

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Heritage Notes
Restoration / #38 / #114
Membership / How to join
Submit / Stories & Photos
Bach 38 / Open Day Images

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Key facts about Rangitoto Island

Maori name: Rangitoto, derived from the phrase 'Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua - the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed'.

Location: Auckland City, map reference NZMS 260: R11/762888

Height: 260 m

Age: Formed about 600 years ago
(ca 1400 AD)

Volume lava: about 2,300 million cubic metres (equivalent to 468,000 Olympic sized swimming pools)

Volume tuff/ash/pyroclastics: about 19 million cubic metres (equivalent to 3,800 Olympic sized swimming pools)

Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust

October 2002

Hello Everyone

The AGM for 2002 was held on Wednesday the 10th of July at 7.30pm at the Marine Rescue Centre, Mechanics Bay, Auckland and a big thank you to those who came. There are several items of interest that need to be brought to your attention.

Jim Mason one of our founding Trustees indicated he would like to take a bit of a back seat now the Trust is up and underway. It was suggested and agreed at the meeting that Jim should become our first PATRON and it is with real pleasure that we now have Jim's name at the top of our letterhead.

With the retirement of David Bevan from public practice we were unable to get the Trust's accounts audited in time for the AGM. Treasurer, Shirley Collins presented un-audited financial records of our current position. It was agreed that as the Trust Deed requires that the accounts be audited that the Trustees find an accountant willing to take on the task. I am happy to report we have found such a person and the audit is currently underway. The final accounts should be available soon.

The elections were held with the usual pomp and ceremony with everyone trying to remain anonymous behind their seats in the usual way. With Jim's 'retirement' John Walsh agreed to become Chairman of the Trust Committee, with the remainder of the positions unchanged. HOWEVER there is always room for willing volunteers, not necessarily on the committee, but to help out the committee when we have events etc planned.

The speaker Ken Allen was an absolute treat, and you needed to be there to understand what I mean. Full of knowledge on collecting bottles and other antiques and memorabilia we all gained a better understanding of the "treasures" that we have either at home, at the Bach or in the garage. One of these days we will have to have a 'treasure-hunt' on Rangitoto!!!

Change of Address: We asked for and have had approved a change to the Trust registered office. It is now 47 Mariri Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland. If you wish to send fragile items to the Trust however we suggest you use PO Box 13 374, Onehunga, Auckland

Newsletter: We had a lot of feedback regarding the format of the newsletter and it was complimentary. I am happy to continue with this but I will need help occasionally in filling the pages, this is where our archives become so important so if you have any photos or stories that you can share please let us know.

Website: The website at is now up and running. Andy Heyward has spent quite a bit of time on it already but websites are time guzzlers, so we are looking for donations towards keeping it up to date. As a means of getting our story and activities across to the worldwide public this is an important tool already there has been a doubling of enquiries to our email address. Please have a look, encourage your family and friends to look too and dip into your pocket for a few dollars so that Andy can continue with the work he has started.

Donations: After our request for old curtains, filing cabinets etc I am very pleased to say that lots of curtains were received, a couple of filing cabinets and an old kettle. ALSO cash donations of $270, which included the music recital earlier this year for which we would like to, thank you all very much. The computer has arrived and is being readied to have the accounts and membership placed on it - thank you Lyn Trainor, Hilary Noall, Dave Cox, Heyward, Burton and Taylor families and others.

Funding Seminar: The Auckland Conservation Forum held a seminar on funding during September. The guest speakers were from the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, The New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation, KERP, and Tiritiri Matangi Supporters Group. It was extremely informative and it impressed upon us the need to be very professional and businesslike.
To this end we have approached Biz Info to see if they can provide us a mentor to go through our current business plans and suggest improvements. If we have a member who can help us in this process your committee would be grateful for your help.

Wanted: Paint, primer, putty, nails, hinges, anything no matter how few or what colour. We need these to complete the weatherproofing, windows and doors etc of Bach 38. Now it has its new roof the inside has dried up very very well and looks, smells and feels so much better.

Working Bees: To make it easier for people to plan their precious weekends it was decided to hold the working bees centered around Bach 38 on the 3rd weekend of every month regardless of the weather. On the weekend of the Fishing Competition the sign will go up with our sponsors' logos, measuring for the flashings and the next working bees organised. In November work will begin on the bay windows and replacing the flashings etc. We hope to have discounted ferry tickets of $14 for adults and $7 for children for those attending the working bees. Contact Allan Godsall 634 0161 for details.

Permits and Concessions: Work continues on the permit process with John Walsh following up the myriad of details. It is a slow process because we would like to cover all eventualities that might occur in the next five years. Consultation with 'our neighbours' and local Iwi must also occur. We would like to think we would have it into DoC by Xmas.

Passing of Friends and Acquaintances: Eric Hart passed away recently at the grand age of 95. A wonderful raconteur, Eric originally came to Rangitoto at the age of 14 staying with the Greene family until he had his own Bach built by the Watson brothers in 1936. Eric has left an enduring legacy through his photos and stories, which the Trust has in its archives. Our condolences to Eric's family in particular John and Heather Walsh. Also Warren Sinclair of the Rakino Express lost in battle with leukemia in August.

Next Meeting: Still planning to ask Paul Mahoney of DoC Heritage, to show his fascinating slide presentation on huts, train stations projects, hopefully before Xmas.

Contact Phone Numbers: Jim - 4466228, Elizabeth - 6341398, Shirley - 2799819, Susan - 4451894, Hilary - 4184920, Lois - 4435536, John - 811 8875, Allan - 634 0131

Fishing Competition

When; Sunday 27th October, Labour Weekend
Start Time: 10am sharp.
Finish Time: 12 noon sharp
Judging: 12.30pm followed by lunch.
Auction: All fish will be auctioned to raise funds for the Trust, so bring your wallets.
What to Bring for the competition: Bait and tackle at least.
Rules: Two lines per person.
Fishing between Iliomana Light and Target Point only.
If using a boat must have appropriate lifejackets etc. (ARC bylaws apply)
Undersized fish = instant disqualification.
Who: Members and their families and friends, particularly children (14yrs and under).
What to bring for afterwards: Your own meat for the BBQ, salads and drinks. We are supplying free sausages for the children and tea, coffee etc afterwards. The BBQ will be available for use.
Prizes: Best Story - the Toilet Seat
Largest Snapper - Buchanan Trophy
Longest Fish - Pennant
Most Fish - RIHCT Trophy.
Prizes for the children as well.
Ferry timetable: Leaves Downtown at 9am, Devonport at 9.10am. Return on the 2.20pm or the 4.20pm.
Aim: To have fun, do what we used to do, involve the children and meet each other.
Weather: We do not intend to cancel the event, just bring raincoats, anyway we have ordered perfect weather!!